Kurt Cobain signed self portrait auctions for $281k USD

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Kurt Cobain signed self portrait auctions for $281k USD

(Source: Julien's Auctions)
Words by Sam McNiece

Along with other Nirvana memorabilia.

Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain’s influence on the music world is immense. So much so, a lucky bidder purchased a crude self portrait of the late, great rockstar’s portrait for US$281,250 (AU$372,197).

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A self portrait of Cobain was put up for auction in the Music Icons 2021 (#3296) catalog on Julien’s Auctions, along with an effects pedal played by Cobain, and a bunch of signed memorabilia.

The portrait was drawn by Cobain in 1992 while on tour in Singapore supporting their album Nevermind. Cobain gifted the artwork to a photographer, Jacque Chong, who worked with him on the tour.

The drawing (pictured above) was created with a black felt pen on a TNT Music Centre note page.

The Salvages have previously used the artwork on a run of t-shirts and hoodies which are still available, and were created with permission from Chong.

Along with the self-portrait, a DOD FX69 distortion pedal played by Cobain sold for US$16,000 (AU$20,640), a signed Nevermind poster for US$5,760 (AU$7,430) and a Dunlop guitar pick which sold for an astounding US$4,375 (AU$5,643).

Who knew one of the world’s most famous guitarists was worth so much?

To see all the listings, check out Julien’s Auctions.